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What will be the next cocoa health claim?

Could improved cognition and metabolism be chocolate health claims of the future?

‘Neuroprotective effects’ and ‘improved metabolism’ could be the next health claims for cocoa and dark chocolate after Barry Callebaut’s heart health win, according to a medical doctor.

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Wrigley discovers ‘pectin surprise’ for gelatin-free chewy candies

Wrigley has filed a patent to develop chewy confectionery products without animal-derived texturizing agents such as gelatin.

Yowie lays US distribution nest egg

Toy-filled chocolate egg firm the Yowie Group has secured US distribution with large C-store chain Valero Corner Store.

BBX Capital adds Helen Grace Chocolates to premium choc trove

BBX Capital has made California-based firm Helen Grace Chocolates its forth US premium chocolate acquisition in eight months.

United Biscuits’ private equity owners coy on flotation

United Biscuits joint owners Blackstone and PAI partners have refused to comment on speculation that they are preparing the company for a public flotation.

Philippine food major buys New Zealand snack firm Griffin’s

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) has snapped up New Zealand snack giant Griffin’s Foods for NZ$700m ($606.6m) in a move it says should bolster its presence in the Asian snack sector.

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40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report from FoodNavigator.com

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them said they would try insects of which 127 said they would be interested in eating them regularly.

From semiconductors to snacks: Egg white chips entrepreneur rides crest of protein wave from FoodNavigator-USA.com

A mechanical engineer with a keen interest in semi-conductors, ips All Natural co-founder Sean Olson is not your typical food entrepreneur. But don’t let his résumé fool you. With an unusual product that taps into the protein trend, Olson reckons his egg white chips may just find the sweet spot...

New Zealand

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Healthy food policies to promote childhood health and reduce obesity are lacking, according to a panel of more than 50 New Zealand public health professionals, medical practitioners and NGO leaders.

Tart cherry concentrate may combat post-exercise oxidative and inflammatory responses from NutraIngredients-USA.com

Daily consumption of a Montmorency tart cherry concentrate may reduce increases in markers of inflammation and oxidative stress after exercise, says a new study with trained cyclists.

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Lindt states intentions on price increases

Lindt to ride cocoa cost surge without widespread price increases

Lindt & Sprüngli has no plans to introduce sweeping wholesale price increases in response to rising cocoa...

Cocoa farmers should have shares in chocolate companies: Divine

Taking stock: Time cocoa farmers got a bite of the chocolate business?

Giving cocoa farming cooperatives shares in chocolate firms would improve livelihoods and encourage them to boost yields...

Cloetta on acquisition hunt after sales gains

Cloetta still window shopping after sales gains

Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta has recorded sales and profit growth in the second quarter driven by acquisitions and...

Sweet free checkouts gain support in New Zealand

Confectionery-free checkouts register with NZ consumers

The impulse checkout channel may be under further threat after a survey revealed a third of consumers...

Ferrero acquires hazelnut supplier Oltan
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Ferrero acquires hazelnut supplier Oltan

The world’s biggest hazelnut buyer Ferrero has purchased the world’s largest hazelnut processor The Oltan Group for...

Raw chocolate a Salmonella health risk, says NCA

Is the rise of raw chocolate a safety concern?

The rising trend for raw chocolate may present a health hazard to consumers unless adequate steps to...

Sunset Yellow FCF safe, says EFSA
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EFSA declares Sunset Yellow safe and ups ADI

Current industry uses of food additive Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) are not a safety concern, according...

Hershey price increase

Hershey follows Nestlé with price hike

Hershey has upped its global wholesale prices by 8% after responding to rising commodity costs including cocoa,...

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